Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

More Otterness!

Those of you who follow this blog know that I've discovered, and become a big fan of, Dan Otterness, whose whimsical figures make the 14th Street/8th Avenue 'A' Station one of my favorite stops in the city. I knew he had other work around town as well, but yesterday, in a search for a Q/R/N train going north from Tribeca, I discovered Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, a tiny little bricked-over area where Church Street dead-ends to give you a view of whatever body of water is nearby. And here the sculptor, instead of illustrating an existing structure, actually gets to run wild. It's a beautiful thing, and these three camera shots barely do it justice.

This odd chess table helps give an overview of the Wonderland feel of the place.

And this bound-and-gagged cat, carried by toad-men and being lectured by a tiny money-collecting woman, shows the direct lineage through Lewis Carroll: violence AND satire!

And then you have images like this, which are pure charm. It's the first Otterness robot I've seen, and I want to see more. It's hard to see, but the turtle is smoking a cigar.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love this city?



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